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April 10, 2018 > Presentation Ball begins 132nd Pentecost Festival

Presentation Ball begins 132nd Pentecost Festival

Submitted By Edda Rivera

Holy Spirit ChurchÕs parish history is rich with Portuguese and Catholic heritage. Part of that beautiful heritage is expressed in the Holy Spirit Church Festival or Festa.

The 132nd Pentecost Festival celebration begins with the Presentation Ball on Saturday, April 14 in the Parish Center. This gala affair is an elegant dinner and dance with the theme of ÒCarnival in Rio.Ó The 2018 Festival Queen and the Honor and Senior Courts are presented to the parish community during this festive evening. The queenÕs role is symbolic. She represents the parish community and the virtues of St. Queen Isabel of Portugal, whose life was devoted to the Holy Spirit and the poor. This yearÕs Festival Queen is Clara Margarita Rivera, with Honor Maid Brianna Roberto, 1st Side Maid Angelina Paglieri, and 2nd Side Maid Chiara Bonaccorsi.

The annual Holy Spirit Church Festival will take place on Sunday, May 20 with a procession on the church and festival grounds led by Grand Marshals Deacon Charles and Mrs. Sherri Glover. The procession begins at 12 p.m. and proceeds into the church for the 12:30 p.m. Coronation Mass. Pastor Reverend Kenneth Sales embraces this and invites all parishioners and the community to participate in our annual Holy Spirit Church Festival.

The mission of the church festival is to support the multi-cultural parish community in cherishing the rich history and faith-filled tradition the church was founded on, which unites all through the Catholic faith.

Queen Clara Rivera and her parents Gus and Edda Rivera are very grateful for the opportunity to be involved in this long and time-honored tradition of recognizing St. Queen Isabel and the Holy Spirit.

Holy Spirit Presentation Ball
Saturday, Apr 14
6 p.m. Ð midnight
Holy Spirit Parish Center
37588 Fremont Blvd, Fremont
(510) 797-1660
Tickets: $60 per person

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